Post Copenhagen Outlook
International negotiators recently concluded a high-level political agreement on climate change at the 15th Conference of Parties in Copenhagen, Denmark. The agreement included notable progress among key developed and rapidly emerging developing countries on issues of finance and monitoring and verification and included a global target to limit warming, but failed to reach conclusion on many of the important details about individual country emissions reduction and several other major issues. While the agreement fell short of long-held expectations for Copenhagen to mark the end of the negotiating process for an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012, some view the political agreement as an important step forward that will position countries to conclude an ambitious global agreement sometime over the course of the coming year. The CSIS Energy Program is pleased to have hosted Jonathan Pershing, U.S. Deputy Envoy for Climate Change, to share his views on what transpired in Copenhagen and the path forward to reaching a final agreement.
11:00 am Welcome & Introduction
11:10 am Remarks by Jonathan Pershing
U.S. Deputy Envoy for Climate Change
11:45 am Questions and Discussion